Help with 'Windows traditional' search options

By godzillex ·

I am using Win XP (SP3), and have reseted its Search command to the old (non-animated dog) setting.

The problem is when the Search routine is run, the "Advanced Options" do not retain their previous settings. So I have to click on them every time I run the search. There are 3 options that I want enabled all the time:

1. Search system folders
2. Search Hidden files and folders
3. Search Subfolders

Is there a way to click on these settings once and never have to do it again?

Thanks in advance.

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My search is set up almost exactly the way you describe.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Help with 'Windows tradit ...

All I had to do was check the box for those options and it retains them. I'm <i>using</i> the animated Search companion but it doesn't seem as if that would make a difference.<br><br>
Sorry, not much help from me.

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See if this will help

by Jacky Howe In reply to Help with 'Windows tradit ...

Go to Start, Control Panel, Folder Options, View, Advanced Settings and verify that the box before "Show hidden files and folders" is checked and "Hide protected operating system files " is unchecked.
You may need to scroll down to see the second item. You should also make certain that the box before "Hide extensions for known file types" is not checked.
I normally dice the dog.
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Is that included in "101 Ways to WOK Your Dog" ?...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to See if this will help

"I normally dice the dog." :^0

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It's a pet

by Jacky Howe In reply to Is that included in "[i]1 ...

hate of mine. WTF would I need a guide dog for or a paper clip for that matter. I have heard that dog meat is good tucker but I haven't tried it. I haven't been that hungry yet.

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It's a bit lumpy and stringy ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to It's a pet

Like a cheap cut of mutton (if that's not a contradiction in terms! ).

The first time I tasted it (in Beijing) all I really noticed was that it felt lumpy in my mouth. But maybe the cut of meat was COLLAR!! :^0

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:^0 :^0 :^0 :^0 :^0 :^0 :^0

by Jacky Howe In reply to It's a bit lumpy and stri ...

good one I got the yoke. A trick with mutton chops is to get the butcher to cut them in half and they will end up thinner. Take no time to cook and are excellent on a BBQ.

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by godzillex In reply to See if this will help

Hi Jacky,

Yes, I have my settings exactly as you have recommended, but it did not affect the Search settings.

CaptBilly1Eye's registry recommendation (see below) did enable me to find the location of these important settings, but there is one other item ("Advanced Options") that I'd also like to enable that I can't currently find.

Hopefully, we'll find an answer to that one soon too.

Thanks for your help.

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No Problems

by Jacky Howe In reply to Yep!

CaptBilly looks to have it under control.

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Here's a way to make it permanent:

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Help with 'Windows tradit ...

This involves editing the Registry.
So, make sure you create a valid backup of the Registry prior to making any changes.

Start>Run type regedit.
In the Registry Editor, go to
Change the data value of these keys from 0 to 1:



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Almost there :)

by godzillex In reply to Here's a way to make it p ...

Hello CaptBilly1Eye,

And thanks for your help. The registry settings that you pointed to did indeed have the settings that I was looking for :)

However, what I could not find was the ability to set the "Advanced Options" (located under the "Search Options") so that all those 3 settings come up 'enabled'.

Would you happen to know which registry setting is responsible for turning on the "Advanced Options" on?

Thanks again.

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